SIX photojournalists of Vision Group have scooped most of the awards, beating over 85 photographers who participated in the first ever Uganda Press Photo Awards, 2012.
Daniel Edyegu, Simon Naulele, Mathias Mugisha, Michael Nsubuga, Mpalanyi Ssentongo and Godfrey Kimono were awarded for their moving entries.
Edyegu won the overall and second place award after winning in the first environmental single and the environmental story, together with the first sport single picture, followed by Simon Naulele with the 3rd overall, plus the honorable mention and second daily life single photo award.
Edyegu won the latest Nikon D7000 camera, worth $2,500 (about sh6.5m) and a scholarship to study BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Journalism at Victoria University for three years. Edyegu was not there to receive the award because he is in South Africa on a fellowship at the Mail and Guardian Newspaper, after winning the 2012 David Astor Journalism Award Trust.
Godfrey Kimono won the first place sport story, plus third place portraits and Mathias Mugisha won the 1st place new single, plus the second and third place environmental single, while Mpalanyi Ssentongo got the third place news single, 1st place news story and 2nd sport single and Micheal Nsubuga got the 2rd place sport story.
Other photographers who got presents for winning or being runner-up were Abdul Kinyenya, Joel Nsadha, Livingstone Kambugu, Moses Wasswa, Musiime Paddy , Onyait Odeke, Justine Emedot, Nicholas Nsubuga, Ibrahim Mudathir, Jjumba Martine and Mwanje Arafat, Anna Kuma, the awards coordinator, said the photographs were sent without names of the photographers and their media houses to an independent panel of judges in Nairobi for selection.
The panel included photo editors Ben Curtis from the Associated Press and Carl De Souza from the Agence France Press (AFP). The awards were organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda, with support from the Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, Victoria University, Kampala, US Embassy in Uganda, Trangerine services, Definition Africa, Solar Sisters and Makerere University.
A exhibition to showcase winning images from the competition is at the Margret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art, Makerere University.